Media release - issued 10 Dec 2018

Residents invited to shape future of Farnborough Civic Quarter

Residents are being invited to help shape the future heart of Farnborough town centre and its leisure facilities when a public engagement on the Civic Quarter and leisure centre begins in early January.

The Rushmoor Development Partnership, which brings together the council and its development partner Hill Investment Partnerships, is working with award-winning architects, GT3, to explore options and proposals for the Civic Quarter before preparing a planning application for submission in Summer 2019.

The Rushmoor Development Partnership is keen to hear residents' views about what works and what doesn't work in the Civic Quarter now - and importantly, provide the opportunity for residents to influence the creation of a new public heart in the town and its leisure facilities.

Two special drop-in events, facilitated by GT3, will take place on:

  • Tuesday, 8 January - Princes Mead shopping centre, 10am to 2pm and Farnborough Leisure Centre, 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday, 12 January - Princes Mead shopping centre, 9am to midday

Residents who are unable to make either of the sessions are also invited to give their views by going to the Help us to shape the Farnborough civic quarter web page.

The Civic Quarter currently includes the Farnborough Community Centre, library, former police station, leisure centre, Westmead House and surface car parking.

Councillor Gareth Lyon, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Corporate and Democratic Services, said: "We're asking residents to play an important role in helping us to shape what the Civic Quarter will look like in the future. The area is currently underused but could be so much more and has so much potential. We would love it to become the new heart of Farnborough town centre. This is a once in a generation opportunity for local people." 

Following on from the public consultation, the council will be encouraging residents to set up an independent  heart of Farnborough group, which will play an important role in organising community events for the town - much in the way the successful Aldershot Community Together group has done during the summer and at Christmas in Aldershot.

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